9 Ways to Celebrate Birthdays During the Coronavirus While Social Distancing
Birthdays look a little different these days.
With so many places being closed and drastically uncertain times at hand, it has certainly restricted many typical birthday celebrations. However, that doesn’t mean you still can’t embrace & enjoy the special day at home, so we’re offering some fun ideas to make the most of this year’s trip around the sun! ☀️
1. Get on a Zoom call with friends & family.
Your friends are just a Zoom call away and as a bonus, it’s totally free (and easy) to use. Even better, you can surprise your bestie or child with a Zoom call and already have all their friends and family waiting for the celebration – you can even add up to 100 people at the same time. 😱 Plus, you can even send secure group texts, images, and audio files from mobile and desktop.
Just this past weekend we surprised a friend and celebrated her birthday from our living rooms – she even said it was ultimately probably better than any other birthday since so many people joined the call and she got to see more people in one day that she would on a typical birthday! We had a great conversation and even played an online game called Evil Apples vs. Humanity (so fun for adults that have iOS and Android)!
Hip Tip: Here’s a list of other unique ways you can stay in touch with friends and family while social distancing.
2. Do a porch present drop off.
Most people love presents, but especially younger kids who fully expect to open a few on their special day. 😉 Of course, it’s kind of awkward to ask for presents, so a great way to organize this would be to reach out to parents and let them know you’ve scheduled a Zoom call. Explain how your child is excited to see their friends, open some gifts as they would at a typical party, and so that they don’t feel like they’re missing out too much on their birthday.
Chances are, if parents are comfortable with dropping something off, they’ll most likely offer to do it on their own. 🤗
If you want to step outside the box, consider putting together a decorative cake in a box! If you have some extra boxes of cake, frosting, candles, and fun sprinkles on hand, you could put together a box similar to what Lina recently did.
3. Invest in a moon bounce.
The fun will be long-lasting even after the birthday celebrations with a moon bounce at home. Not only could this double as a birthday present and be fun for them and their siblings on their birthday, but it will be a super fun activity to keep your kids busy during quarantine.
Here are a few highly-rated moon bounces that are available online right now:
4. Tie-dye something.
Making some cool tie-dye creations is a timeless activity that you may have forgotten about since you were a kid! In fact, I would have never even thought of it until my hip sidekick, Erica, did it for her daughter’s birthday last week.
And the results are just as beautiful as the memories you’ll be making! 😍
If you’re needing some new supplies to do this at home, Amazon and Walmart, are still delivering and have a ton of different options. Just make sure you plan ahead and don’t wait until the last minute since shipping times on non-essential items are varying greatly!
5. Make glow in the dark slime.
While slime is super fun, there’s nothing more fun then when you mix it with the ability to glow in the dark and keep the fun going all night long! Your kids and you will have so much fun making this fun and easy DIY.
Erica on our team recently bought some off Amazon – check out her awesome results! 👏
Here’s what Erica on our team said about it:
“I ran out of time to order the glow in the dark glue as nothing would ship in time, so I ordered this glow in the dark powder on Amazon (it has both bad and really good reviews, but I took the chance). It works AWESOME and our glow in the dark slime turned out PERFECT-O!”
6. Do a celebratory drive-by with friends.
Your friends will know just how much they’re loved when you drive by with decorated cars, honking horns, and tons of people screaming happy birthday! We recently shared a reader’s adorable story on how she organized the whole production for her daughter’s 5th birthday. Here’s what her mom shared with us about her special day:
“In lieu of a traditional party (amid Coronavirus concerns), we held a ‘drive-by’ birthday for my five-year-old daughter and it turned out AMAZING. We had about 20 cars, including both friends and family, who played birthday music, sang happy birthday, decorated their cars with signs, and honked. She thought it was so cool and asked if we could do it again next year. 😉
7. Encourage neighbors to make chalk cards.
Imagine the surprise on your child’s face when you’re strolling around the neighborhood on their birthday. Of course, this will take some serious support of your community, but if you’re friendly with your neighbors this will be a totally fun way to celebrate with each other from door to door.
Hip Tip: As an idea, you can also try out this chalk art with painter’s tape to really make your artwork stand out! 😍
8. Make a tent and have a family sleepover.
While this may seem geared solely towards children, I’d like to believe that even adults who are young at heart can enjoy a living room tent, too. 😉 Gather all the blanket and pillows you can find and build the fort of your dreams – kids will love having mom and dad get in on the fun and chances are, together, you’ll build the best fort yet! Get the popcorn and movies ready!
Hip Tip: Want more fun ideas? Here are 21 fun things to do while social distancing at home!
9. Keep things traditional.
There’s a reason balloons and cake are essential staples to any birthday celebration so don’t be afraid to keep with tradition and enjoy the night together eating cake and blowing out candles. Whether you’re just a couple or have a whole family – balloons and cake are always YES.
Hip Tip: Is your baby turning one soon? If you’re planning to go to the grocery store or get grocery pick up sometime soon, all of these places offer free smash cakes and may still be offering them during this time. Of course, it’s important to call ahead and make sure this is an option in your area.
“I delegated my husband to wake up early with me and blow up balloons. We got really creative after a while and started using an air mattress blower!”
Happy Birthday from our Hip2Save team to you and/or your loved ones! 🥳